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Do drivers speed near your kid’s school? Speed limits will soon drop in some Sacramento spots

Learn about the bill that would remove speed limits on I-5 and Highway 99

A California bill proposes two added lanes to Interstate 5 and Highway 99 with no speed limit. If the bill passes, it would tie Germany’s Autobahn for the world’s fastest speed limit.
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A California bill proposes two added lanes to Interstate 5 and Highway 99 with no speed limit. If the bill passes, it would tie Germany’s Autobahn for the world’s fastest speed limit.

June 12 update:

The Sacramento City Council on June 4 approved speed limit changes near schools. The changes will go into effect when the signs are installed, with signs near the schools being installed in July, said Marycon Young, a city spokeswoman.

It is not yet determined when the signs for an additional seven streets will be installed. See below these speed limit changes.

Original story:

Sacramento had the highest rate of traffic-related fatalities involving pedestrians under age 15 in the state in 2016, according to a city report.

To help reduce that, the city is set to drop speed limits around 115 schools to 15 mph.

“The ability to establish 15 mph speed zones can help address community and parent concerns about vehicle speeds around schools, particularly during the busy pickup and drop-off times and to enhance the safety of children walking and biking to school,” the report said. “If a vehicle is in a collision with a child, a slower speed collision will generally result in a less severe injury or the avoidance of death.”

The effort would require the city to install 368 new “school zone” speed limit signs at 124 locations, costing about $63,000, the report said.

In addition, as part of a separate initiative, city officials recently studied 51 speed zones on various city streets to see if the speed limits should be adjusted.

Officials found seven speed zones that should be reduced, according to a city staff report.

They include the following:

East Sacramento

C Street from 35th Street to Elvas Avenue: Set to drop from 35 to 30 mph

South Sacramento

Lemon Hill Avenue from 65th Street Expressway to Power Inn Road: Set to drop from 40 to 35 mph

North Sacramento

Ascot Avenue from Dry Creek Road to 20th Street: Set to drop from 40 to 35 mph

Rio Linda Boulevard from Marysville Boulevard north to the city limits: Set to drop from 50 to 45 mph

South Avenue from Rio Linda Boulevard to Astoria Street, the limit will go down from 30 to 25 mph

College/Glen

Lake Forest Drive from Western End to Everglade Drive: Set to drop from 30 to 25 mph

Wissemann Drive from Everglade Drive to Folsom Boulevard: Set to drop from 30 to 25 mph

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Theresa Clift covers Sacramento City Hall. Before joining The Bee in 2018, she worked as a local government reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Daily Press in Virginia and the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin. She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University.
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